Sarojini Naidu

(13 February 1879 - 2 March 1949 / Hyderabad / India)

The Indian Gipsy - Poem by Sarojini Naidu

In tattered robes that hoard a glittering trace
Of bygone colours, broidered to the knee,
Behold her, daughter of a wandering race,
Tameless, with the bold falcon's agile grace,
And the lithe tiger's sinuous majesty.

With frugal skill her simple wants she tends,
She folds her tawny heifers and her sheep
On lonely meadows when the daylight ends,
Ere the quick night upon her flock descends
Like a black panther from the caves of sleep.

Time's river winds in foaming centuries
Its changing, swift, irrevocable course
To far off and incalculable seas;
She is twin-born with primal mysteries,
And drinks of life at Time's forgotten source


Comments about The Indian Gipsy by Sarojini Naidu

  • Susan Williams (4/24/2016 4:46:00 PM)


    This poem is luxuriating in beautiful poetic lines - - - - - - - - - ] Time's river winds in foaming centuries
    Its changing, swift, irrevocable course - - - - - - - - - - ]She folds her tawny heifers and her sheep
    On lonely meadows when the daylight ends, - - - - - - - - - - -]In tattered robes that hoard a glittering trace
    Of bygone colours, broidered to the knee,
    Lovely lines aren't they?
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  • Rajnish Manga (4/24/2016 11:57:00 AM)


    The rustic beauty and the 'lithe tiger's sinuous majesty' embodied in the gypsy girl is just amazing. The use of metaphor in the last stanza adds to the charm of the poetic expression. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/24/2016 11:03:00 AM)


    What a poem! ! Any one would appreciate.
    Perhaps that is why you were called the Nightingale of India.
    Thank you dear poetess.
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  • (4/24/2016 8:57:00 AM)


    Fascinating poem, full of mystery. Very thought-provoking. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • (4/24/2016 8:53:00 AM)


    Fascinating style and marvelous narration of a woman belonging to an Indian nomadic tribe names gypsy and her life of the great poetess are enchanting and captivating. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (4/24/2016 8:30:00 AM)


    I may be wrong here, but is this poem a metaphor about the river? Sinuous and agile, full of colours of a bygone age, and so on? Or maybe it is both about the river and a woman - both similar. The references to natural wildlife imbue this poem with a mystical feeling of timeless wisdom. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/24/2016 12:45:00 AM)


    She folds her tawny heifers and her sheep. Thanks for sharing this nice poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Harish K. Thakur (11/27/2011 7:44:00 PM)


    Very well written poem about the gypsy girl, a nomad community n its lifestyle... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 14, 2012


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